Nearly 100 people have applied for a seat on the Cannabis Control Board of Vermont, a powerful organization that will implement rules and regulations for the state's first medical marijuana program. The statute states that the Nomination Committee consists of two members from each House and Senate, and the three board members are ultimately appointed by the governor. The preferred candidate will be responsible for managing a complex regulatory system and running start-ups licensed to comply with and enforce regulations. Candidates are first vetted by a three-member committee of the Vermont Board of Medical Marijuana Control Board, but there is no requirement that they run for a seat.
Under the law, three more are chosen by the governor of the executive branch and three by each House and Senate. One of the three board members on the Medical Marijuana Control Board was elected because she lives in Burlington. A former journalist who also worked at the Natural Resources Agency, he now works for the state Department of Alcohol and the Lottery.